Zinedine Zidane's men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not flawless, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday. Real Madrid were off and running in the very first minute of the game against Sociedad.
'They have been 45 minutes of great level, good game and chances and goals.
"He always has that mindset".
"He could have scored one or two more, and it augurs well for Wednesday".
The result moved Zinedine Zidane's side up to third in La Liga above Valencia, who take on Levante at home on Sunday night.
The latter has played more games for Madrid under Zidane than anyone else and he opened the scoring after just 49 seconds, heading home a Ronaldo cross.
They could not keep up the same intensity after the restart, however.
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Jon Bautista pulled one back after the break, but Ronaldo scored his third from close range before Asier Illarramendi's volleyed consolation.
The 26-year-old has been in sparkling form this season, scoring 28 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.
The 5-2 victory over Sociedad comes at just the right moment for Madrid, as the Champions League returns from its hiatus on Tuesday.
The French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path.
Antoine Griezmann's goal after only 40 seconds was all Atletico Madrid needed to beat Malaga 1-0 and close the gap with Barcelona to six points. "We can try and do absolutely everything", Guardiola told the BBC.
"Then we controlled the game and made the changes, thinking about the next game, but I'm happy".